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The UK ITV listings magazine TV TIMES ran a one-page black and white article to launch the series in most of the regions. With Scottish the first to screen the series ('The Star Maidens' as it's referred to in this piece), the article from the Scottish edition of the magazine is reproduced here, from the 28 Aug - 3rd Sep 1976 issue.

Escape to another planet... ours

By Alan Kennaugh

Strange sights have been seen down at the film studios of the Bray International Film Centre, Berkshire, where once Dracula's brides were pushed into acid baths and Frankenstein stomped the backlots in a collection of Hammer horror films. Women's Lib has taken over.

For in the world depicted in The Star Maidens, starting on Wednesday, women govern and men look after the children, cook, clean and do all the menial jobs.

It's a fantasy of course. And Ian Warner, head of the company who made the series is hoping German television audiences who are seeing episodes at the same time as Scottish viewers will see the funny side of it.

The idea for the strange planet came from a German television company. "We saw the funny side and made it tongue-in-cheek," Warner says. "For instance, the stories concern two men who escape from the planet and dash for Earth where, they believe, men have a much better time and women do as they are told.

"There's a lot of fun to be had out of this basic plot, and anyway, I think it's time to get away from the usual science-fiction approach, with its po-faced characters."

The series stars Dawn Addams and Judy Geeson. Christiane Kruger, daughter of film star Hardy Kruger, is also involved - and she takes Women's Lib seriously. She is married to artist and photographer Manfred Bockelmann and they have a lovely home in West Germany.

"My husband has his own apartment in it - and so do I," she says. "We have communicating doors but we also have private entrances, so that if he does not want to join me when I have film people there, and I don't want to join his discussions, then we don't need to. We don't want our life to be humdrum and to start taking each other for granted, which happens in so many marriages."

These ladies don't take all the leading roles, however. Pierre Brice who makes a rare appearance on British TV screens, is a French film star of international reputation and is best remembered as Winnetou the Warrior, in a series of 'sauerkraut' (made in Germany) westerns, with Stewart Granger. He plays Adam, the servant of Fulvia, portrayed by Judy Geeson. He escapes to Earth because he wants to live with a woman - but as an equal.